Last week, the US Supreme Court overturned the Roe v Wade ruling, which has been in effect for nearly 50 years. After the reversal of Row v Wade, TikTok users are now sharing the personal information of judges on the US Supreme Court.
Rowe v Wade guaranteed a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion, but Justice Samuel Alito and other members of the court gave states the power to legislate abortion laws at the state level.
TikTok users are claiming that credit card numbers and other private information such as addresses and social media passwords have been leaked and that several conservative members have been docked. There is some concern about the privacy and security of court members in this docking, but it is believed that there is some truth to the rumour that justice information has been leaked.
It’s one of several videos posted on the app, in which Roe v. Wade, claims to be conservative justices who voted for the ruling. Some of the videos share alleged credit card information (Motherboard was unable to verify whether the credit card numbers were accurate, and they don’t appear in any specific hacked credit card databases we’re aware of).
Other videos showed the home addresses of five Republican-appointed judges who voted to overturn the decision. Those addresses appear in the public records database associated with Justice; Protesters staged a sit-in outside the homes of several conservative judges after Roe’s draft opinion was leaked earlier this year.
It’s unclear whether the information is valid, but Vice, who reported on the news, says the comments are “filled with the message: ‘It worked!” Other videos include home addresses of five Republican-appointed judges who overturned the decision.
On TikTok, many people are claiming that credit card numbers, home addresses, social media passwords and other personal information of Supreme Court members have been leaked online.
Some of these videos garnered thousands of likes, comments and views. Many of them have since been taken down by TikTok, but the same information is being recirculated through smaller and smaller accounts in the same format: a slideshow of pictures of judges, with text on their faces.
In some cases, such as credit card information, the text is minimally censored – with a transparent red box over it, or a thin white line running through it, potentially so that the app’s algorithmic information Could not recognize
Even though TikTok condemning Supreme Court judges is getting removed regularly, the discussion about them is very much on the platform. Users often post their shock about finding information while scrolling through their For You page, often with the caption “The way you guys betrayed the Supreme Court?!”
The claims state that several Supreme Court justices such as Clarence Thomas, John G. Roberts and Stephen G. Breyer have been convicted. Doxxing is the very serious act of publicly disclosing private personal information about an individual or organization, usually via the Internet.
This information is already well known, as protesters marched to Justice Alito’s home in May 2022 following the leak of an anti-abortion draft opinion. Justice Brett Kavanaugh and Chief Justice John Roberts also found groups of protesters outside their private residences.
TikTok said in a statement that its “policies do not restrict the topic of abortion, and we expect that creators will follow our community guidelines that apply equally to everyone and everything on TikTok. We strictly prohibit and will remove content that shares personally identifiable information.”
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